B.C. provincial health officer calls on younger people to avoid parties

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VICTORIA — British Columbia’s provincial health officer says the public needs to do a better job at lowering the number of COVID-19 cases and encouraged younger residents to avoid large social gatherings.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says a pandemic is a good excuse to skip a party.

Henry says gatherings of young people, even if it is less than the 50-person limit, are a concern for health officials.

She says when alcohol is involved, people often don’t take the precautions they normally would.

B.C. reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the provincial total to 4,065.

There have been no new deaths, while the active case count has increased to 445 people.

This report was first published by the Canadian Press on Aug. 10, 2020.